Centrepoint gives $30k jackpot a crack
The temperature just went up at Centrepoint Theatre.
Sitting on $1500 for a while, a recent infusion of lucre has caused the funding thermometer in the Palmerston North theatre’s Church St window to climb a couple of degrees, meaning that Centrepoint is now almost a third of the way to raising $15,000.
According to artistic director Jeff Kingsford-Brown, it’s important because $15,000 could become $30,000.
Creative New Zealand announced a 10 per cent funding cut for the theatre in April, following a decrease in Lotto profits.
The national arts agency had offered some compensation for the loss by making a one-off dollar-for-dollar gesture for any new sponsorship Centrepoint brought in this year, to the value of $15,000.
Kingsford-Brown is determined to make the most of that offer before it expires on December 31.
‘‘In 2012 we were funded with $485,000, then lost $85,000 over three years. Now we’re at $425,000, and it’s a struggle. We’ve got fixed costs to contend with that we can’t get around.’’
Part of the difficulty for Centrepoint was that any sponsorship had to be ‘‘new’’.
‘‘While that might work in bigger centres like Auckland or Wel- lington where there are plenty of new businesses to approach, there’s such a small pool here, and we’re relying on individuals - [Theatre] Angels and sponsors.’’
Kingsford-Brown said he understood the predicament Creative NZ was in, and that the provinces were not a high funding priority, but was remaining posi- tive and thankful for the high level of business and community support the theatre received.
Any pre-Christmas prezzies though, would be gratefully accepted.
The Streaker, KingsfordBrown’s final show as artistic director after five years at the helm, opens on November 17.
Centrepoint Theatre’s artistic director Jeff Kingsford-Brown is hoping the temperature will continue to rise.